|Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands|
22 June 2010 – 1 July 2014
24 May 1963 |
|Political party||Party for Freedom|
|Alma mater||Christelijke Hogeschool Ede|
Hartong unsuccessfully tried to win a seat in the municipal council with his own Democratisch Platform Nederland party. He later became a member of the board of the Pim Fortuyn List in South Holland.
He went on to serve as a parliamentary assistant to the Party for Freedom group in the European Parliament. On 22 June 2010 he replaced Louis Bontes, who was chosen as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands in the 2010 general election. Hartong was supposed to have joined the European Parliament earlier, as the Netherlands, and with it the Party for Freedom, received an extra seat when the European Parliament increased the number of seats. The judicial procedures were howevever not finished before Hartong was installed to replace Bontes. At the start of his term Hartong said he wished to represent the Christian voters in the European Parliament. He claimed that another concern of him would be fishery, he found it surprising that the Dutch had no seat in the Committee on Fisheries. In 2013 Hartong was critical of the European Parliament paid trips of journalist to the Parliament, with costs of around 700,000 euro in 2011. He saw a relation between pro-EU stories in the media and the paid trips.
He declined to be on the Party for Freedom candidate list for the European Parliament elections of 2014, citing he did not want to cooperate with "wrong figures" from parties such as the Freedom Party of Austria and the French National Front.
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- "Lucas Hartong aan de slag in Europarlement" (in Dutch). RTV Rijnmond. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- "PVV laakt journalistentrips naar Europarlement" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- Toine Heijmans, Peter Giesen (24 April 2014). "EU-kandidaat PVV haakt af wegens 'foute figuren'" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant. Retrieved 21 December 2014.